Agents of SHIELD Review: Not What I Bargained For

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When I first started watching Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I assumed it would be a fun action show. I figured the stories would run the gamut from super hero to sci-fi and it's delivered on all of those. But what I didn't expect was how quickly I'd grow to care about these characters.

The Team Looks Horrified

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 6 practically had me in tears. I certainly never bargain on that.

The case of the week was pretty darn cool. Of all the things that can happen on a kids' camping trip, finding your dead Scout Master floating several feet above the ground and crackling with an electrostatic field has to rate pretty high on the spooky meter.

I would have guessed some evil genius was trying to harness the power of lightening or some new high-tech weapon had gone awry but the truth was much better.

Once again, the show circled back to its origins and referenced the alien attack on New York during the Avengers movie. That these volunteer firefighters grabbed a Chitauri alien mask as a souvenir made perfect sense. Too bad they had to die for their keepsake.

In the midst of the story there were lots of insights into what happened to Agent Coulson, but no real answers.

He was the last to leave the final firefighter when they knew the man was about to die and Coulson tried to give him what comfort he could in this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D quote...

I've been where you are right now so please believe me when I tell you you don't have to be afraid.


Then he went on to describe what he recalled from being dead, so we now know that he remembers the experience.

But Coulson knew something wasn't right. He's not the same, and he went so far as to ask for a full physical exam to figure out what was wrong.

Is it as simple as May made it out to be?

You died. There's no way you can go through a trauma like that and not come out of it changed.


That explanation made perfect sense and the man certainly had the massive scars to prove what he went through. But is there more to this story? I'd almost guarantee it.

Watching Simmons struggle to find a cure for the alien virus was more painful than I expected and it affected the entire team. Fitz wouldn't leave her side, even when it meant standing with his nose pressed up against the glass of quarantine. Then the moment he thought his presence could make a difference, he went in.

These two were inseparable. They're best friends. The squabble like brother and sister and yet at the end of the episode I was left wondering if Fitz wanted something more.

Fitz's screams as Jemma jumped from the plain were excruciating. He would have done anything to save her, but for this mission, they needed Grant Ward.

Everyone's impersonations of Ward were very cute but it wasn't until he confided his feelings to Skye that we really understood how protective he was over his team…

I wanted it to be a person. Some super powered psychopath. Someone I could hurt. Someone I could punish. That I could do. What I can't do is protect you guys from stuff I can't even see or understand.


Because in the end, every member of this team is a hero and no less so to one another. And that's what keeps me tuning in for more of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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